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John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

John Mark Rafacz is the editorial manager of the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.

Articles by John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown

On Center: Circus Oz On Center: Circus Oz
2 weeks ago - Town and gown
They come from a land down under, and, according to a San Francisco Chronicle reviewer, their brand of show business is “a bit punk, undeniably in your face, refreshingly progressive, unapologetically off-color, and gleefully Australian.” They’re the performers of Circus Oz, a [Read More]
On Centre: Bria Skonberg On Centre: Bria Skonberg
4 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
It’s been a swift ride to stardom for Bria Skonberg, who didn't exactly come of age in a hotbed of jazz. Skonberg makes her Penn State debut leading her quintet Nov. 30 at Schwab Auditorium. [Read More]
On Center: Bria Skonberg On Center: Bria Skonberg
6 weeks ago - Town and gown
A New York Times critic describes Bria Skonberg as “the shining hope of hot jazz, on the strength of a clarion trumpet style indebted to Louis Armstrong, a smooth purr of a singing voice inspired by Anita O’Day, and the wholesome glow of youth.” Skonberg’s album, Bria, her [Read More]
On Centre: Roomful of Teeth On Centre: Roomful of Teeth
8 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is out to discover how far human voices can stretch. The group, which performs November 17 at Penn State's Schwab Auditorium, has studied Tuvan and Inuit throat singing, yodeling, belting, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu [Read More]
On Centre: Roomful of Teeth On Centre: Roomful of Teeth
10 weeks ago - Town and gown
The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth is out to discover how far human voices can stretch. Through study with masters from traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques, and through an ongoing commissioning process, [Read More]
On Center: Piano Phenom Seong-Jin Cho On Center: Piano Phenom Seong-Jin Cho
14 weeks ago - Town and gown
It’s an almost 7,000-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean and the United States to get from Seoul to State College. But pianist Seong-Jin Cho, who makes his Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State premiere October 28, has taken an even longer route — by way of Poland — to get [Read More]
On Center: Lewis and Pizzarelli Pay Tribute to Nat King Cole On Center: Lewis and Pizzarelli Pay Tribute to Nat King Cole
18 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
When pianist Ramsey Lewis returns to Penn State in October he’ll be celebrating the creations of a pianist-singer whose timeless music has touched generations. [Read More]
On Center: Lewis and guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli pay tribute to Nat King Cole On Center: Lewis and guitarist-singer John Pizzarelli pay tribute to Nat King Cole
19 weeks ago - Town and gown
Pianist Ramsey Lewis has appeared at Eisenhower Auditorium three times in the last quarter century. He’s performed in a duo with the great Billy Taylor, been backed by Penn State’s Essence of Joy choir, and shared billing with the legendary Dave Brubeck. When Lewis returns to the [Read More]
On Center: Shadowland On Center: Shadowland
21 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - John Mark Rafacz, Town&Gown
Life for a teenager is often awkward. In Shadowland, Pilobolus Dance Theater's newest production, it’s also surreal. Shadowland, coming to Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium Oct. 18, incorporates multiple moving screens of different sizes and shapes to create a performance that merges projected [Read More]
On Center: Shadowland On Center: Shadowland
24 weeks ago - Town and gown
Life for a teenager is often awkward. In Shadowland, Pilobolus Dance Theater’s newest production, it’s also surreal. Created by Pilobolus dancers and directors in collaboration with Steven Banks, lead writer for the animated TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, Shadowland is an imaginative [Read More]
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